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Date Site Task and availablity
Jun Sat 23 Holyrood Park Himalayan balsam control
Sun 24 Blackford Hill Himalayan balsam control
Jul Sun 1 Traprain Law Ragwort Removal
Sun 8 Roslin Glen Woodland management
Sat 14 Holyrood Park Himalayan balsam removal
Sun 15 The Hermitage of Braid Himalayan balsam removal
Sat 21 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway Pond and woodland management
Pond and woodland management 2018-07-21 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 22 Traprain Law Ragwort removal
Ragwort removal 2018-07-22 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 29 Addiewell Bing Tree weeding
Tree weeding 2018-07-29 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Aug Sun 5 Roslin Glen Himalayan balsam removal
Himalayan balsam removal 2018-08-05 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 12 Holyrood Park Himalayan balsam removal
Himalayan balsam removal 2018-08-12 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 19 Falkland Estate Rhododendron removal
Rhododendron removal 2018-08-19 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 26 Gullane Grassland management
Grassland management 2018-08-26 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sep Sun 2 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway Woodland management
Woodland management 2018-09-02 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sat 8 Straiton Pond Pond work
Pond work 2018-09-08 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 9 Holyrood Park Gorse cutting
Gorse cutting 2018-09-09 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 16 Red Moss Birch pulling
Birch pulling 2018-09-16 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 23 Gore Glen Woodland Park Tree thinning
Tree thinning 2018-09-23 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 30 Bawsinch and Murder Acre Pond clearance/pathwork
Pond clearance/pathwork 2018-09-30 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Oct Sun 7 Easter Craiglockhart Hill Meadow raking
Meadow raking 2018-10-07 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Fri 19 - Sun 21 Carsegowan Moss Residential: Birch scrub and beech sapling removal
Residential: Birch scrub and beech sapling removal 2018-10-19 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Detailed Task Programme

Saturday June 23 Holyrood Park:Himalayan balsam control

Holyrood Park is the Koh-i-Noor in the crown jewels of Edinburgh's stunning landscape. Comprising 650 acres of mixed grassland and encompassing Arthur's Seat, the iconic Salisbury Crags as well as some of the oldest exposed rocks in Edinburgh this is a vital island for wildlife in the heart of our majestic capital.

On this visit we will be continuing our work removing himalayan balsam

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Sunday June 24 Blackford Hill:Himalayan balsam control

Blackford Hill is one of the largest open spaces managed by the City of Edinburgh Council. The views across the city in all directions can hold visitors and locals spellbound as the Blackford panoramas extend over the Forth to the distant Lomond Hills.

It is an important part of Edinburgh's natural heritage, and along with neighbouring Hermitage of Braid is classified a Local Nature Reserve. The hill encompasses the oldest rocks in the city and is home to linnets, buzzards and wildflowers aplenty.

On this visit we will be continuing our work removing himalayan balsam

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Sunday July 1 Traprain Law:Ragwort Removal

At 221m Traprain Law is a distinctive, dome shaped hill, which overlooks the East Lothian town of Haddington just to the east of Edinburgh. First occupied about 3500 years ago it has a long history of human activity - there is evidence that the site was used for burial as well as for manufacturing bronze tools. In the early twentieth century archaeologists working on the site uncovered a cache of Roman silverware. It is believed that the mythical King Loth of the Goddodin, from whom the Lothians take their name, ruled from the hill in the first half of the fourth century.

On this visit we will be removing poisonous ragwort from the Law to avoid harm to the ponies used to graze and maintain the grassland habitat here

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Sunday July 8 Roslin Glen:Woodland management

Roslin Glen is a 19 hectare reserve south of Edinburgh to the east of Roslin village and on the south bank of the River North Esk in Midlothian. The site is owned and managed by Midlothian Council. It is a relatively undisturbed mixed deciduous woodland largely made up of native sessile oak, wych-elm and ash, with a shrub layer of hazel and holly. There are also some introduced sycamore, beech and Norway spruce trees which are gradually being removed. The area boasts a rich woodland flora which includes dog's mercury, ramsons, wood-rush and various ferns. Dippers and kingfishers can be seen in the fairly clean waters of the Esk. The area has been put under a Millennium Forest for Scotland grant scheme to return the woodland to a native mixture of trees such as ash, alder, oak, pine and birch.

On this visit we will be conducting a variety of woodland maintenance tasks including tree weeding and pathwork

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Saturday July 14 Holyrood Park:Himalayan balsam removal

Holyrood Park is the Koh-i-Noor in the crown jewels of Edinburgh's stunning landscape. Comprising 650 acres of mixed grassland and encompassing Arthur's Seat, the iconic Salisbury Crags as well as some of the oldest exposed rocks in Edinburgh this is a vital island for wildlife in the heart of our majestic capital.

On this visit we will be continuing or work controlling the spread of Himalayan balsam in the park

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday July 15 The Hermitage of Braid:Himalayan balsam removal

The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill together form a large Local Nature Reserve which contains a wonderful range of habitats including open grassland, woodland, scrubland, the Braid Burn and wetland. This naturally makes the area home to a wealth of wildlife including dippers in the burn, tawny owls in the trees and buzzards soaring above as well an abundance of wildflowers such as greater stitchwort, red campion, foxglove and pink purslane.

On this visit we will be removing the invasive Himalayan balsam from the woodlands at the Hermitage

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Saturday July 21 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway:Pond and woodland management

The route of the old Edinburgh to Peebles Railway line now provides a welcome green corridor. In addition it supports a picturesque route for walkers and cyclists between several historic Midlothian towns.

On this visit we will be undertaking pond maintenance works at this site at the end of the Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway, in addition to woodland management tasks nearby.

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Sunday July 22 Traprain Law:Ragwort removal

At 221m Traprain Law is a distinctive, dome shaped hill, which overlooks the East Lothian town of Haddington just to the east of Edinburgh. First occupied about 3500 years ago it has a long history of human activity - there is evidence that the site was used for burial as well as for manufacturing bronze tools. In the early twentieth century archaeologists working on the site uncovered a cache of Roman silverware. It is believed that the mythical King Loth of the Goddodin, from whom the Lothians take their name, ruled from the hill in the first half of the fourth century.

On this visit we will be continuing our work controlling poisonous ragwort which can harm the ponies used to maintain the grassland habitat by their grazing

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday July 29 Addiewell Bing:Tree weeding

Addiewell Bing is a long, narrow reserve of 21 hectares 20 miles from Edinburgh just south of Bathgate in West Lothian, which is leased and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. It is an excellent example of how a derelict industrial site--part of the oil shale industry--can be converted into an important wildlife refuge.

Most of the reserve is covered by woodland and scrub, but there are also patches of bracken, heather, open grassland and marshy ground with a rich variety of plants and birds. Originally, the area was planted with lodgepole pine to help stabilise the steep sides of this old spoil heap. More recently, these trees have been replaced with native species including oak and ash. In the past we have felled lodgepole pine, upgraded the footpath and cleared invading broom from areas of heather.

On this visit we will be maintaining previous tree plantings, including weeding and decaging of more mature specimens

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Sunday August 5 Roslin Glen:Himalayan balsam removal

Roslin Glen is a 19 hectare reserve south of Edinburgh to the east of Roslin village and on the south bank of the River North Esk in Midlothian. The site is owned and managed by Midlothian Council. It is a relatively undisturbed mixed deciduous woodland largely made up of native sessile oak, wych-elm and ash, with a shrub layer of hazel and holly. There are also some introduced sycamore, beech and Norway spruce trees which are gradually being removed. The area boasts a rich woodland flora which includes dog's mercury, ramsons, wood-rush and various ferns. Dippers and kingfishers can be seen in the fairly clean waters of the Esk. The area has been put under a Millennium Forest for Scotland grant scheme to return the woodland to a native mixture of trees such as ash, alder, oak, pine and birch.

On this visit we will be removing invasive Himalayan balsam from the glen

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Sunday August 12 Holyrood Park:Himalayan balsam removal

Holyrood Park is the Koh-i-Noor in the crown jewels of Edinburgh's stunning landscape. Comprising 650 acres of mixed grassland and encompassing Arthur's Seat, the iconic Salisbury Crags as well as some of the oldest exposed rocks in Edinburgh this is a vital island for wildlife in the heart of our majestic capital.

On this visit we will be continuing our work to control the spread of the invasive Himalayan Balsam plant within Holyrood Park

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday August 19 Falkland Estate:Rhododendron removal

Falkland Estate covers around some 1900 hectares, just under one-fifth of which is wooded, with the rest divided between arable farmland on the low ground and rough grazing on the hills. There have been settlements here from at least the time of the Iron Age people who built hill forts. It was a favourite royal hunting ground of the Stuart monarchs and home to Victorian leaders of rural and architectural style.

On this visit we will be removing invasive rhododendrons from this site. There are a lot. There may even be a fire (though no promises)

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Sunday August 26 Gullane:Grassland management

Gullane Links are part of the beautiful and dramatic coastal scenery in East Lothian to the east of Edinburgh, which includes sand dunes, mudflats, sandy beaches, rocky headlands, steep cliffs and a scattering of small islands. Gullane Bay is about two miles north-east of Aberlady and is one of the finest and most popular sandy beaches within easy reach of Edinburgh. Pirri pirri bur is a low growing, evergreen perennial native to New Zealand. The plant has become invasive along parts of the East Lothian coastline, where it outcompetes native grasses on the dune system.

On this visit we will be scything and raking the meadow areas at this coastal site to help maintain the habitat.

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Sunday September 2 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway:Woodland management

The route of the old Edinburgh to Peebles Railway line now provides a welcome green corridor. In addition it supports a picturesque route for walkers and cyclists between several historic Midlothian towns.

On this visit we will be undertaking woodland management tasks at Rosslyn Station on the walkway.

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Saturday September 8 Straiton Pond:Pond work

Straiton Pond was a clay pit until the 1950s and was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1991. This popular site, adjacent to the Edinburgh City Bypass, is a haven for wildlife and demonstrates a remarkable amount of biodiversity. The vegetation is home to many bird species and the pond supports populations of little grebes and mute swans. In the summer this reclaimed industrial site is ideal for wildflowers such as St John's wort and northern marsh orchid.

On this visit we will be carrying out pond management tasks. This involves waders.

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Sunday September 9 Holyrood Park:Gorse cutting

Holyrood Park is the Koh-i-Noor in the crown jewels of Edinburgh's stunning landscape. Comprising 650 acres of mixed grassland and encompassing Arthur's Seat, the iconic Salisbury Crags as well as some of the oldest exposed rocks in Edinburgh this is a vital island for wildlife in the heart of our majestic capital.

On this visit we will be creating firebreaks in the gorse to reduce the spread of wildfires on the site.

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Sunday September 16 Red Moss:Birch pulling

The main feature of Red Moss, which is an Scottish Wildlife Reserve above Balerno on Edinburgh's south-west corner, is a raised bog. Over time, the sphagnum moss has built up. It now acts like a sponge as the water level at the centre of the raised dome is considerably higher than the nearby Bavelaw reservoir. To prevent the bog drying out, over the past 15 years we have pulled up any birch which has self-seeded. This site can be wet so wellies are recommended if you have them.

On this visit we will be removing birch scrub to increase the water retention and thus enable the regeneration of the peatland habitat on this important site.

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Sunday September 23 Gore Glen Woodland Park:Tree thinning

Gore Glen Woodland Park is a good example of land restoration. This former coal bing ten miles south-east of Edinburgh has been landscaped into an attractive area for both wildlife and visitors. The park was planted in 1979 with a variety of species and is mainly woodland in character. The Gore Water runs through the park and supports kingfishers, dippers and herons.

On this visit we will be thinning out the tree plantings on the site to ensure the remaining specimens mature correctly

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Sunday September 30 Bawsinch and Murder Acre:Pond clearance/pathwork

Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch are found in the heart of Edinburgh on the southern edge of Holyrood Park, just below Arthur's Seat and only three kilometres from the city centre. Formerly a derelict industrial site, Bawsinch is a triangular area next to the south shore of the loch. This 26 hectare reserve, partly owned and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is a bird sanctuary and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area boasts breeding and wintering wildfowl, marshland with reedbeds and willow, patches of scrub and woodland, some freshwater ponds and an area of grassland named Goose Green. In the past LCV has felled trees, cleared ponds, built log bridges and cleared invasive vegetation. In recent years an additional area of land known as Murder Acre has been leased from Historic Scotland to extend the reserve.

On this visit we will be clearing the ponds on this site to help keep them attractive to waterfowl and other creatures. If water levels are too high for this, the task will be pathwork

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Sunday October 7 Easter Craiglockhart Hill:Meadow raking

Craiglockhart Hill is above Craiglockhart Sports Centre and as one of Edinburgh's seven hills, offers excellent views across the city towards the castle and Arthur's Seat. The area is owned jointly by the City of Edinburgh Council and Napier University. We will be working with the Friends of Craiglockhart Nature Trail - a local group supported by the Scottish Wildlife Trust - who have produced a management plan and a trail leaflet, and continue to manage the site for wildlife.

In previous tasks on this LNR LCV has raked two cut meadows and cleared rubbish from the habitat enhancement pond areas - two large areas of vegetation have been planted to add to the biodiversity and give cover for the breeding birds.

On this visit we will be doing the final raking of the year on the meadow areas at this popular Edinburgh green space

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Friday October 19 - Sunday October 21 Carsegowan Moss:Residential: Birch scrub and beech sapling removal

Around four hours south-west of Edinburgh, Carsegowan Moss is one of the best examples of a lowland raised peat bog in Galloway. Cranberry and bog rosemary grow in the Sphagnum carpet and adders bask in the heather. Hen harriers, merlins, short-eared owls and barn owls can be seen occasionally hunting across the bog.

On this visit we will be removing birch scrub from Carsegowan Moss and beech saplings from Carstramon Wood. We will be staying at the Carlingwark Outdoor Centre in Castle Douglas.

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